Obama, don't go to Australia and Indonesia
NBC News's Chuck Todd was the first I heard suggest it on Tuesday. Now I read in today's Wall Street Journal that Obama administration officials are considering it. It being a cancellation -- again -- of the president's trip this month to Australia and Indonesia. The deliberations shouldn't last too long, because there's only one acceptable choice: don't go.
Unless Obama is picking up something that will stop the gulf gusher, he should stay stateside and use that time to set up shop somewhere on the Gulf Coast. (He's headed back tomorrow.) Let the critics and carpers call it a stunt, because, let's face it, that's what it would be. But it is better to be getting slammed at home trying to show a connection to and concern for the families and communities slicked by the BP spill than it is to be getting slammed for being Down Under -- and out of touch.
Update, 6:10 a.m., June 4: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced in an email at 11:59 p.m. last night that President Obama has canceled the trip to Australia and Indonesia.
| June 3, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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